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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Nov 28, 2006 10:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Show reviews on this site SUCK

I know i've already mentioned this on another similar thread, but it's worth repeating: I totally agree with you and it drives me nuts.

I'll say it again: I want 2 things and two things only from a review. 1) As objective as possible as to the performance of the band and 2) The Sound quality of the available source.

The majority of the reviews i've seen are littered with what # show it was for someone, how they got there, how hard they tripped, foam-at-the-mouth rants about Donna, or--my favorite--how much better a show was ON A DIFFERENT NIGHT. The idea, I guess, being that if I clicked over to the other night's show, i'd get a review of the show I thought I was getting just now.

Look, i'm not saying i'm the best reviewer around, but I do try hard to stick to that simple criteria. One of the things that really drew me to the site was reviews from the other 10% (most who post here) that helped me sift thru the thousands of shows so i'm not wasting time DL-ing junk.

As long as i'm kvetching here, I'll mention that what the good reviewers do, and i wish others would do more of--is list specifically which songs in the show stand out and why. Seems simple but it's surprising how often that's omitted.

I really depend on the reviews, and appreciate when someone approaches it like, well, a real reviewer would.

This post was modified by grendelschoice on 2006-11-28 18:21:37

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Poster: patkelley Date: Nov 28, 2006 10:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Show reviews on this site SUCK

I agree totally with your idea of the ideal review. In all honesty, I like all GD shows, but I dont want to d/l something with fantastic reviews and great personal stories and then listen to it and it sounds like it was recorded in a bathtub with the water running.